Nienstedt returns to public ministry
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he'll return to public ministry, after authorities announced they will decline to prosecute him over an allegation of inappropriate touching.
Archbishop John Nienstedt has always denied a claim that he touched a boy on the buttocks during a public photo session in 2009. But he stepped down from public ministry on Dec. 17 while police investigated.
Prosecutors said Tuesday there is insufficient evidence to bring charges.
Nienstedt says in a statement he's thankful for the thorough investigation and looks forward to returning to public ministry as Easter is approaching.
He says he continues to pray for everyone affected by clergy sexual abuse.
ASIAN CARP-UPPER MISSISSIPPI
Asian carp eggs found in upper Mississippi in Wis.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Scientists have found evidence that invasive Asian carp have spawned much farther north in the upper Mississippi River than previously recorded.
The U.S. Geological Survey says Asian carp eggs, including late-stage embryos nearly ready to hatch, were recently identified in samples collected as far north as Lynxville in southwestern Wisconsin. That's 250 miles upstream from previously known reproducing populations. And it says the spawning would have occurred upstream from the site.
The service's Midwest regional director, Leon Carl, says the presence of eggs in the samples shows that spawning occurred, but it's not known if any eggs hatched and survived in that area.
Scientists are still trying to confirm whether the eggs are from bighead or silver carp, though it's possible some of the eggs are from grass carp.
Gov. Dayton says still time for medical pot deal
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says there's still time in the legislative session to negotiate an agreement on medical marijuana.
Dayton's statement comes after Hibbing Democrat Carly Melin postponed a House committee hearing because of what she called an impasse with law enforcement groups that oppose medical marijuana.
Melin said Dayton must become involved.
The governor has said he won't support medical marijuana unless law enforcement does. He didn't change that position in his statement.
Prosecutors decline to charge Minn. archbishop
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Authorities say Archbishop John Nienstedt will not face criminal charges in an incident in which he was accused of inappropriately touching a boy during a public photo shoot.
The Ramsey County Attorney's Office says Tuesday there is insufficient evidence to prosecute Nienstedt.
Nienstedt announced Dec. 17 that he had been accused of touching a boy on the buttocks during a photo following a confirmation ceremony in 2009. He denied the allegation, but stepped down from public ministry while police investigated.
In a statement Tuesday, Nienstedt thanked authorities and said he will now return to public ministry. He says he continues to pray for those harmed by clergy sexual abuse.
A prosecutor's memo provides details on why charges were declined. Among them, no one else present had witnessed any touching.
SECRETARY OF STATE-HOWE
Former Sen. Howe declares for secretary of state
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A former Republican legislator from Red Wing says he'll run secretary of state after the party's lone candidate dropped out.
Former state Sen. John Howe entered the race Tuesday. Other Republicans are still considering running for the office, which incumbent Democrat Mark Ritchie is relinquishing after two terms.
On Monday, Dennis Nguyen left the race abruptly.
Howe, who owns a real estate management company, served one term in the state senate before losing a re-election campaign in 2012.
The secretary of state is the chief elections official in Minnesota but also oversees business registrations.
The Democratic nomination contest is between state Rep. Debra Hilstrom and Steve Simon.
Panel debates privacy bills, such as drone curbs
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota laws related to criminal surveillance could be in for a major updating.
On divided voice votes Tuesday, the House Public Safety Committee advanced a pair of bills that impose a higher standard on law enforcement to collect data from cell phones and other electronic location devices. Later, the panel will consider curbs on aerial devices known as drones.
Those pushing the measures say Minnesota's laws haven't kept up with technology. They argue it is too easy for police to track whereabouts and stricter privacy controls are needed. Police groups warn that going too far could hinder their efforts to combat crime or tip off targets of sensitive investigations.
The privacy issues have cut across party lines and could be among the hotter topics of the short legislative session.
Police: Dispute ends fatally in St. Paul
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - St. Paul police say a dispute at a party in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood ended with the death of one man and the arrest of another.
Authorities say officers were called to a house about 1 a.m. Tuesday after a fight broke out between two people who are "possibly" known to each other. Police have not said how the man died. They arrested a 50-year-old St. Paul man at the scene.
Coffee shop reopens after norovirus outbreak
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) - A coffee shop in a Twin Cities suburb has been sanitized after at least seven employees apparently passed the norovirus to customers.
Members of the Champlain Park High School cheer squad got sick after visiting Caribou Coffee in Brooklyn Park last week. Allison Fortuna says more than a dozen friends that went to the coffee shop became ill. Fortuna tells KMSP-TV (http://bit.ly/1i39jaY ) that she and other members of the squad were sick with flu-like symptoms for three to four days.
Caribou spokeswoman Brianna Bauer says the store reopened Monday after professional cleaners spent the weekend sanitizing the shop. Brooklyn Park public health spokesman Jason Newby says the store voluntarily closed Friday after it was learned the seven employees were sick.
Information from: KMSP-TV, http://www.myfox9.com
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